‘What’s On’ SATC NYC

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  • 1st October 2015
  • Nordophile has been keeping in touch with our friends at the Scandinavian American Theater Company based in New York and wanted to share with you some very important upcoming events which are very much keeping Nordic theatre alive!   Kwasi Osei and Zenzele Cooper from SATC’s Off-Broadway production “Bastards of Strindberg”, photographer Kait Ebinger   […]




    Nordophile has been keeping in touch with our friends at the Scandinavian American Theater Company based in New York and wanted to share with you some very important upcoming events which are very much keeping Nordic theatre alive!

     

    Kwasi Osei and Zenzele Cooper from SATC’s Off-Broadway production “Bastards of Strindberg”, photographer Kait Ebinger

     

    Firstly, we spoke with one of the actors, Christiane Seidel (from Boardwalk Empire) and found out from her what it is like to be part of not only SATC in New York but the Nordic community as well.

     

    Photo credit Christopher St. George.

     

    How did you first become involved with SATC?

    As a half-Dane, I had excitedly been following SATC for a while and was quite impressed with their consistent body of work, especially since the company had only been around for a couple of years. While I was shooting Boardwalk Empire, our casting director Meredith Tucker had asked me if I could recommend any Norwegian men for a role she was casting. I reached out to Albert Bendix, SATC’s Co-Artistic Director and a fellow Dane, to see if he had any suggestions and we ended up meeting for coffee. We hit it off, kept in touch and this spring SATC reached out to me if I was interested in possibly becoming a member. Because this company doesn’t mess around, I even had to come in for an interview (a very nice one with coffee and Scandinavian cookies) with the entire company. Albert even skyped in from Denmark as he was on tour. Somehow I was able to prove myself worthy and now I’m responsible for Audience and Press Coordination.

     

    Have you seen an equal interest by both the Nordic and New York audience?

    Absolutely. SATC has a large audience following our productions, our SATContemporary Reading Series, and on our social media. For example, we have approximately 80-100 audience members per reading and that includes all ages of Scandinavians, Americans with Scandinavian roots, and Americans with an interest in new Nordic theater and contemporary culture.

     

    Rikke Lylloff and Albert Bendix from SATC’s Off-Broadway production “Bastards of Strindberg”, photographer Kait Ebinger

     

    Nordic eateries are popping up all over New York and the attendance to exhibitions by Nordic artists is high. Do you feel Nordic drama productions is on the same level of acceptance?

    There is definitely a surge in interest in all things Nordic. Especially, since Scandinavian tv shows like The Killing, The Bridge, or Borgen as well as Scandinavian literature have become widely popular (in their original or their US remakes) and Scandinavian actors like Mads Mikkelsen, Joel Kinnaman, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau or Birgitte Hjort Sørensen are being cast on American tv shows and films. We can feel that this definitely has an effect on the interest in what Scandinavian storytelling looks like on stage. Especially, when we’re inviting some of these actors to join us for readings. However, contemporary Scandinavian plays and playwrights are still relatively unknown stateside. So with SATC we’re in an exciting position to be able to bring these plays to New York for the first time. In a sense we’re educating the New York audiences about their existence while filling that increasing interest in Scandinavian culture. There are so many edgy, interesting, and widely different plays that are a cultural representation of what Scandinavia is today. I might be biased, but I definitely feel that we’re approaching the same level of acceptance very fast.

     

    Finally, you are performing a couple of  readings for SATC, can you tell us a bit about what we can expect.

    Our audience is definitely in for a fun (and free!) evening. We’ll have wine, guest actors and we’ll have up-and-coming playwright Marius Leknes Snekkevåg flying in from Norway. Our readings always take place at the beautiful Scandinavia House on Park Avenue. We’ll be presenting two short plays from Marius – one dramatic and one comedic. There’ll be a short Q&A with everyone and usually, we go out for drinks at a nearby bar, which is fun as we get a chance to chat with our audience. Personally, I’m extra excited as this will be my first time performing for SATC.

     

    Readings by

    Marius Leknes Snekkevåg (playwright, reading #1 on Oct 5, Norwegian plays)

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    Christiane Seidel (actress, reading #1 on Oct 5, Norwegian plays). www.christianeseidel.com

     

    Tomas Lagermand Lundme (playwright, reading #2 on Nov 9, Danish play “The Sauna”).

    Courtesy of SATC

    What’s On

    We’ll be kicking off our upcoming season with a new concept called “Shows in Development”. Here we invite audiences to follow and experience our process of creating an off-Broadway production at an early stage to give our audience the opportunity to ask questions and bring their thoughts to the table. The first show in development is titled “The Remember Me Project” and our first audience interaction will be on Sept 21, 2015 at 7:30pm with a pre-reception at 7:00pm. The play we’re working on is titled “Remember Me” (original title “Muista minut”) by Finnish writer Minna Nurmelin.

    We’re also continuing with our popular SATContemporary Reading Series. This is the sixth season of the series where we present five staged readings – one from each of the Nordic countries Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. The readings are one-night-only events, free to the public.

    The first reading will be on Oct 5, 2015 presenting two plays by the Norwegian playwright Marius Leknes Snekkevåg: “I Love You, Let Me Go” and “We Are The Voice of Our People”.

    The second reading will be on Nov 9, 2015 introducing Danish playwright Tomas Lagermand Lundme and his play “The Sauna”. For this reading, we’ll also have a guest star (TBA) joining us.

    The dates for the remaining readings are Jan 25, 2016, Feb 29, 2016, and May 2, 2016. We’re currently in the process of deciding on the individual plays.

    All our readings and “Show in Development” projects take place at Scandinavia House (http://www.scandinaviahouse.org/ at 58 Park Avenue, 10016 NYC) at 7:30pm with a 7:00pm pre-reception.

    In 2016, we’ll present the US-premiere of Norwegian playwright Arne Lygre’s play “Then Silence” as an Off-Broadway production.

    Head over to satcnyc.org to find out more
    Featured image Full cast from SATC’s Off-Broadway production “Bastards of Strindberg”, photographer Kait Ebinger
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    Season Scandinavia by Empty Deck

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  • 17th September 2015
  • Nordophile was interested to learn more about a project on Kickstarter which caught our attention, with the two words Season Scandinavia. We spoke to the director Kay Michael, who has excited us even more, as this project will no doubt feed many Nordophile’s Nordic passion. The reasoning behind the venture from what we could see was […]




    Nordophile was interested to learn more about a project on Kickstarter which caught our attention, with the two words Season Scandinavia.

    We spoke to the director Kay Michael, who has excited us even more, as this project will no doubt feed many Nordophile’s Nordic passion.

    The reasoning behind the venture from what we could see was that Nordic film and TV drama accompanied with Nordic literature was now a firm favourite in most homes, but what was the next step? Even though there is no sign of the interest in Nordic drama both on screen and book form faltering, anytime soon, what if Scandinavian playwrights and their works were brought to our stages?

    Empty Deck presents the most exciting unknown contemporary Scandinavian plays in co-production with The Other Room Theatre, Cardiff.

    Empty Deck is a new theatre collective that collaborates with playwrights and artists from all over the world, bringing the best of international new writing to the UK stage for the first time.

     

     

    We may have spent too many nighttime hours watching The Killing or The Bridge, or immersed in the brooding novels of Karl Ove Knausgaard and Stieg Larsson… and we got thinking: Where’s the theatrical equivalent to all this Nordic Noir?

    Beyond Jon Fosse’s work, little is known of contemporary Scandinavian playwrights. Over the last 12 months Empty Deck has been developing Ibsen Award winner Arne Lygre’s Then Silence for its English-language world premiere, and that development has led us to discover other exciting, award-winning Scandinavian playwrights, both up-and-coming and established, whose work deserves a wider and English audience.

    Thanks to International Performing Rights Ltd and Theatre Colombine Agency we have now selected plays from Denmark, Sweden, and Norway that we shall be presenting readings of across three venues in Cardiff between October – November.

    COSMIC FEAR OR THE DAY BRAD PITT GOT PARANOIA

    By Christian Lollike The Other Room, Cardiff 

    October 30th, 19.30PM

     

     

    “The world is a goddamn hairs breadth away from falling apart. Everyone knows it. Everyone fucking knows it, but no one…no one is doing anything.”

    Cosmic Fear or The Day Brad Pitt Got Paranoia charts our growing concerns and paralysis over the impact of climate change on the planet. LA is filled with traffic jams under heavy smog, trees are drifting under floods in Bangladesh and in China incinerators are burning holes in the ozone layer. Brad Pitt fears the future. Brad is a man of action and he’s not here to entertain but to make a difference. Brad embarks on the great universal love project: to Save Planet Earth

    Christian Lollike is an award-winning Danish director, adaptor and playwright educated at The Danish National School of Playwriting at Aarhus Theatre (1997 – 2001). He is one of the most performed Danish playwrights abroad and is known for his critical plays all written in an anti-naturalistic and open form. In 2009, he received a Reumert award as playwright of the year. 

    This play, by Danish Christian Lollike, grabbed our attention in particular and we’d like to do more than just a rehearsed reading of it. We’re asking for your support to enable one week’s Research & Development and performance sharing of this play during our residency at The Other Room, Cardiff’s pub theatre.

    Cosmic Fear is about three peoples’ paralysis in the face of climate change. Not knowing what to do they all imagine themselves to be Brad Pitt, using his status as Hollywood hero to make a blockbuster film campaigning for a new global consciousness of universal love, with the mission of saving Planet Earth.

    It’s silly. And it’s scary. But it is an ever-relevant play, which asks pertinent questions of our responsibility as individuals towards the care of the planet, humanity and the future. It reaches into our genuine concerns, fears, confusion, denial and anger about the devastating effects of climate change on the world.

     

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    Collaboration is at the heart of what we do, and the team is only as good as the collaborators with whom we work.

    As part of our residency at The Other Room Theatre, all venue and marketing costs are covered. However we want to employ the most exciting Cardiff-based creatives to work with us for the week. To excavate the ongoing issues of climate change and look at how we can present this text through both theatrical and digital means, we want to engage:

    • 3 actors
    • One video designer 
    • One dramaturge 

    It’s important to us that artists are respected and paid properly for their hard work and creativity, in line with the Independent Theatre Council recommended rates of pay. Your support will enable us to do just that.

     

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    The Team

    Kay is a freelance theatre director, who trained at Drama Centre London and read English & Theatre Studies at Warwick University. She is a founding member of award-winning Curious Directive with whom she has devised, performed and directed. In 2014 she was Trainee Director at Paines Plough.

     

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    Fern has worked between Italy, Australia and Wales for the last 7 years. Most recently she worked at Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, on forming their strategic producing plan and new vision under their new artistic director.

     

     

    Born in Romania, Denisa’s training has included 5 years of Architecture and Design, 8 years of Drawing and Painting, 3 years of Sculpture and 6 years of Art History. At Central Saint Martins she developed her practice through both devised and design-led projects.

     

     

    Sara is a post-graduate of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance and has collaborated with Kay since the early days of curious directive.

     

     

    Empty Deck

    Empty Deck is an international collective who tell stories that cross artistic forms and geographical borders.

    Collaborating with contemporary playwrights and artists from all over the world, we strive to make invigorating theatre that is physically bold, emotionally stirring, and relevant. We want to make work that is both local and global in its reach.
    Empty Deck aims to:
    • Deliver narratives that uncover experiences of the world that we live in now;
    • Challenge the relationship between the audience and spectacle, exploring the audience’s complicity within a shared space;
    • Interrogate the relationship between theatrical form and content in inventive, exciting and illuminating ways.Help us spread the word by posting our Kickstarter campaign on your facebook &/or twitter page and mention us on any social media platform you use.

    Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/emptydeck

    And follow us on Twitter:  https://twitter.com/emptydeckco

    Head to the Kickstarter page www.kickstarter.com

    Featured image by Richard Davenport

    Thank you to empty deck for text & use of photos

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    Chase & Sorensen – Scandinavian in Hackney

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  • 22nd June 2015
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    Nordophile was in search of Scandinavian modern furniture to showcase to you something which wasn’t on the cusp of extortionate, nor for it to be one of the masses, which adorn the homes of a majority of Scandinavian furniture searching Nordophiles. So we were delighted to find in the depths of Hackney, East London, Chase & Sorensen. Created […]




    Nordophile was in search of Scandinavian modern furniture to showcase to you something which wasn’t on the cusp of extortionate, nor for it to be one of the masses, which adorn the homes of a majority of Scandinavian furniture searching Nordophiles.

    So we were delighted to find in the depths of Hackney, East London, Chase & Sorensen. Created by duo Brent Chase and Signe Sorensen who have realised that the middle of these two extremes is a realistic need for customers, when in search of Scandinavian wares, for their home.

    In the midst of very high interest in all Nordic genres, this established shop is the place to come to, whether by foot or internet.

    Scandinavian luxury needn’t be out of reach. From the 1940’s to the New Nordic, Chase & Sorensen is bringing to this retro part of London a different slice of Scandinavia to indulge in.

     

     

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    CHASE & SORENSEN is a contemporary and mid 20th century Scandinavian modern furniture and home décor retailer. Founded in 2010 by American/Danish duo Brent Chase and Signe Sorensen and based in Hackney, East London, their mission is to offer a sensible alternative to the prohibitively expensive vintage furniture stores dotted across London as well as the low-quality, flat-packed, identikit furniture retailers.

     

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    Chase & Sorensen initially began trading in August 2010 with a successful stall in London’s iconic Brick Lane weekend market and an online store at chaseandsorensen.com In September 2011 the company opened it’s doors to their showroom in the heart of Hackney, offering up all of the quality design pieces they had garnered a reputation for. Prices are kept competitive by eliminating the middleman in the stock sourcing process as the owners make monthly trips to Denmark where they handpick the entire inventory. All items are carefully selected for their keeping with the Scandinavian modern design aesthetic and not simply for the designer name attached.

     

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    Chase & Sorensen has a mixed offering of 20th-century furniture and home décor. The ever-changing collection includes a variety of reasonably priced sofas, lounge chairs, dining sets and storage units, through to lighting, ceramics and art.

    All items in-store generally date from the 1940s to the 1970s and typically hail from Denmark, Sweden and Norway. Contemporary Scandinavian design Chase & Sorensen also stocks a growing range of modern design from Scandinavia. Established brands such as Royal Copenhagen and ArchitectMade are available alongside smaller indie brands such as FramaCPH, H Skjalm P and Zweed. Their collection of contemporary design continues to grow rapidly location summary set in East London’s Hackney Downs area,

     

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    CHASE & SORENSEN is centrally located between Dalston, London Fields and Clapton. The location is also easily accessed via public transport (multiple bus and overground train links minutes away).

    Contact Tel: 0208 533 5523

    Web: www.chaseandsorensen.com

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    Prize Prints; The Queen Sonja Print Award.

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  • 9th June 2015
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    THE AMERICAN-SCANDINAVIAN FOUNDATION (ASF) & SCANDINAVIA HOUSE: THE NORDIC CENTER IN AMERICA Incorporated in New York State in 1911, The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) is the leading cultural and educational link between the United States and Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. It is a publicly-supported, non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization that provides a forum for […]




    THE AMERICAN-SCANDINAVIAN FOUNDATION (ASF) & SCANDINAVIA HOUSE: THE NORDIC CENTER IN AMERICA

    Incorporated in New York State in 1911, The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) is the leading cultural and educational link between the United States and Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. It is a publicly-supported, non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization that provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and cultural understanding and has an extensive program of fellowships, grants, internships, training, publishing, membership offerings, and cultural activities. Scandinavia House – home of the ASF– offers a wide range of programs presenting contemporary Nordic culture that encompass the visual arts, music, and literature along with public policy, business, finance, and technology. These programs include art, design, and historical exhibitions as well as films, concerts, readings, lectures, symposia, language courses, and kids and family programs that illustrate and illuminate the modern-day vitality of the Nordic countries.  An American nonprofit organization, the ASF works to build international understanding through an extensive program of fellowships, grants, intern/trainee sponsorship, publishing, and membership offerings. Headquartered at Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America, in New York City, the ASF celebrated its centennial in 2011.

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    Photo “Courtesy of Scandinavia House/The American-Scandinavian Foundation.”

     

    Exhibition at Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America offers an intimate view into contemporary Nordic Printmaking.

    It Features recent work by printmakers Tiina Kivinen, Svend-Allan Sørensen, Kjell Nupen, Ørnulf Opdahl. Her Majesty Queen Sonja of Norway opened it at a reception of the exhibition of contemporary Nordic prints from the recipients and founders of The Queen Sonja Print Award—an international prize established to encourage artists working in the graphic arts.

    Featuring recent work by the 2012 and 2014 award winners, Tiina Kivinen (Finland) and Svend-Allan Sørensen (Denmark), as well as a selection of works by the award’s founders, printmakers Her Majesty Queen Sonja of Norway, Kjell Nupen, and Ørnulf Opdahl, the exhibition offers an intimate view into contemporary printmaking in the Nordic countries. Edward P. Gallagher, President of The AmericanScandinavian Foundation, states: “We are delighted to present this exhibition at Scandinavia House, introducing New York to the work of two exciting artists and celebrating the launch of The Queen Sonja Print Award as an international prize, perhaps the largest ever to be awarded to printmakers.” Overview Prize Prints features a diverse selection of artworks from five Nordic artists.

     

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    Photo; Eileen Travell, Scandinavia House/The American-Scandinavian Foundation, 2015

     

    Prize Prints; The Queen Sonja Print Award. Established in 2011 to encourage young artists working in the graphic arts, Prize Prints; The Queen Sonja Print Award is presented every other year.

    This show is on through August 1, 2015 Prize Prints celebrates The Queen Sonja Print Award, a biennial prize established to encourage young artists working in the graphic arts. The exhibition features recent work by the 2012 and 2014 prize winners, Tiina Kivinen (Finland) and Svend-Allan Sørensen (Denmark), as well as a selection of works by the prize’s founders, printmakers H.M. Queen Sonja of Norway, Kjell Nupen, and Ørnulf Opdahl. The exhibition also recognizes the exciting international collaboration between the print shops Ateljé Larsen (Helsingborg, Sweden) and Universal Limited Art Editions (Long Island, NY).

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    Photo; Eileen Travell, Scandinavia House/The American-Scandinavian Foundation, 2015

    While the award has been restricted to Nordic artists— nominated by the Nordic national art museums, Nordic printmakers’ associations, and board of Prize prints; The Queen Sonja Print Award—it will open to international candidates in 2016 with an expanded circle of professional nominators from around the world. Publication Prize Prints is accompanied by a 176-page catalogue entitled Prize Prints; The Queen Sonja Print Award. Published by Arvenius + Orfeus Publishing and edited by art historian Karin Hellandsjø, the catalogue contains interviews with Kjell Nupen, Ørnulf Opdahl, and H.M. Queen Sonja; short texts on the prize winners Tiina Kivinen and Svend-Allan Sørensen; and reproductions of a number of the artworks on view in the exhibition. Exhibition-related Programs Prize Prints will be accompanied by a free mobile-audio guide of exhibition highlights; a symposium with artists, printmakers, and curators in conversation; and kid-friendly workshops led by art educators. A comprehensive exhibition-related programs release with additional information and background will be available shortly.

     

    The 2014 prize winner, Svend-Allan Sørensen, works with a variety of printmaking techniques, including lithography, linocut, and woodcut. His graphic works, often imbued with a certain whimsy or playfulness, operate at the intersection of text and image, where meaning is doubled, expanded, and complicated. In the series Animal Soup of Time, Sørensen interweaves text-based linocuts of literary snippets from Henry David Thoreau, William S. Burroughs, and Allen Ginsberg (the series’s title is taken from Ginsberg’s Howl)—all of which take up the subject of nature and hunting— with abstract renderings resembling arrowheads or seals.

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    Photo; Eileen Travell, Scandinavia House/The American-Scandinavian Foundation, 2015  Svend-Allan Sørensen

    In contrast to Sørensen’s stark, graphic works, the 2012 prize winner Tiina Kivinen’s prints are crafted with delicate nuances of gray and black tones. Working primarily with drypoint, monotype, and mezzotint techniques, Kivinen creates lyrical, semi-abstract renderings of landscapes and figures that offer viewers brief moments of recognition in her ethereal compositions. In addition to works by Sørensen and Kivinen, the exhibition features a selection of works from the three celebrated Norwegian artists who founded The Queen Sonja Print Award—Kjell Nupen, Ørnulf Opdahl, and H.M. Queen Sonja—including the collaborative 24-work portfolio Three Journeys, Three Landscapes that launched the prize. Comprising eight graphic works by each artist, the portfolio takes the Nordic landscape as inspiration and illustrates the unique technical and thematic explorations the artists undertook throughout its creation. Nupen is represented by a diverse selection of collages, aquatints, and etchings that reflect his characteristic use of expressive color and tone; Opdahl by a number of intimately scaled aquatints and etchings contemplating the varied expressions of the Nordic winter landscape; and H.M. Queen Sonja by a series of otherworldly aquatints originating from photographs taken on a 2006 trip to an ice cave on Svalbard. A selection of more recent works by these artists will also be on view.

     

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    Tiina Kivinen, The Earth under My Feet, 2014. Mezzotint, drypoint, 35 2/5 x 49 1/5 in. (90 x 125 cm), courtesy of the artist.

     

     

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    Kjell Nupen, Untitled, 2011. From the series Three Journeys, Three Landscapes. Collage, aquatint and polymer plate, 17 x 22 4/5 in. (43 x 58 cm), courtesy of the artist.

     

    Curatorial Credit Sune Nordgren is trained as a printmaker and graphic designer. He currently holds the position of project leader for The Queen Sonja Print Award. Nordgren has previously served as Director of Malmö Konsthall in Malmö, Sweden, and as the Founding Director of the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design in Oslo, Norway and the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead, England. Support The exhibition is organized by Sune Nordgren, Project Leader for The Queen Sonja Print Award, and The American-Scandinavian Foundation. The exhibition is made possible by grants from The Bergesen Foundation, DNB Bank ASA, Trond S. Jensen, and Bård and Barbara

    The exhibition is made possible by grants from The Bergesen Foundation, DNB Bank ASA, Trond S. Jensen, and Bård and Barbara Bunaes. Additional support has been received from The Bonnier Family Fund for Contemporary Art, The F. Donald Kenney Fund for the Visual Arts, and The Asbjørn Lunde Fund in Memory of Karl and Elisa Lunde. Funding for travel by Tiina Kivinen has been provided by Arts Promotion Centre Finland. Transportation support has been provided by SAS Scandinavian Airlines. Public programming has been supported in part by a grant from the Royal Norwegian Consulate General in New York.

     

    For more information: scandinaviahouse.org | Facebook | Twitter @ScanHouse | #PrizePrints Hours and Admission

    The Scandinavia House 3rd Floor Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 12–6 pm (Wednesday until 7 pm) and exhibition admission is free.

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    Don’t leave Iceland out in the cold.

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  • 29th May 2015
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    Out of all the Nordics, Denmark and Sweden seem to get a lot of the attention. Whether it’s the ease in which people from around Europe, can get to them or the fact that we have a lot of dramas and films from there coming our way right now. But the fact is, you mustn’t […]




    Out of all the Nordics, Denmark and Sweden seem to get a lot of the attention. Whether it’s the ease in which people from around Europe, can get to them or the fact that we have a lot of dramas and films from there coming our way right now.

    But the fact is, you mustn’t discard the other Nordic countries, as you will be missing out. After coming across http://stuckiniceland.com/ I was very intrigued by this Nordic nation.

    Iceland is a unique Nordic place, which over recent years has really started to assert itself through its tourism and business.

    It holds some very special events such as; the Icelandnoir festival ,which celebrates its Nordic Noir authors. Countless music festivals in and around Reykjavik. The Reykjavik Winter Lights Festival and DesignMarch which showcases all areas of design, from architecture to fashion and furniture to product design.

    Because Iceland only holds around 325,000 inhabitants, it means they are indulged with vast space, stunning and every changing landscapes and a high quality of life to enjoy. Being outdoors and participating extreme sports is an Icelandic pastime which is enjoyed all year round.

    From beaches to volcanoes and from glaciers to forests, you can see just why people want to show it off, whilst keeping it a secret!

    Stuck in Iceland, is a humorous, informative and passionate blog about Iceland.

    Make Iceland one of your Nordic destinations this year. And if you do, these guys will gladly help you!

     

    Stuck in Iceland

    Visiting Iceland is an Life Altering Experience

    Jon Thorsteinsson and Sigurdur Fjalar Jonsson run the indie travel blog Stuck in Iceland which was launched in September 2012. Jon works as a marketing specialistat the Nordic IT company Advania and Sigurdur Fjalar is the marketing director at the Idan Educational Center. They run Stuck in Iceland as a side project but the site has been growing fast since it was launched and has accumulated just over 131 thousand users during that time.

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    Their site features a lot of great travel advice but also contains information the quirks of Icelandic culture and is sprinkled with fascinating details of Icelandic history. “We are amazed by the strong feeling of affection people feel for our country after they have visited it. Above all they are captivated by Icelandic nature and the extreme elements here. It is pretty clear to me that many of  these people find their visit to Iceland a life altering experience,” comments Jon.

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    He adds that originally Stuck in Iceland was originally based on their own travels around the country but now a lot of the content on site, both long form articles and videos, now comes from people abroad who have visited Iceland and have been captivated by their experience are very keen on communicating their experience to the world. “ We absolutely love this content, it is authentic as it is based on real life experiences of traveling in Iceland and as such it is really useful for those who are planning their Iceland trip,” comments Jon.

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    Photo credit Martin Schulz. Read his full article here http://stuckiniceland.com/east/me-myself-iceland-and-the-volcano/

    Photo of Jon Thorsteinsson, taken from http://stuckiniceland.com/extreme/scaling-the-majestic-icelandic-peaks-of-vatnajokull/

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    Nordicthink – Scandinavian simplicity in Spain

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    Spain is about as southerly as you can get in Europe from Scandinavia, but that hasn’t stopped the simplicity of Scandinavian design being in demand there. In the culturally significant city of Barcelona, alongside the art galleries, museums and boutiques you will find Nordicthink taking pride of place.   Nordicthink Nordicthink is a long standing […]




    Spain is about as southerly as you can get in Europe from Scandinavia, but that hasn’t stopped the simplicity of Scandinavian design being in demand there.

    In the culturally significant city of Barcelona, alongside the art galleries, museums and boutiques you will find Nordicthink taking pride of place.

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    Nordicthink

    Nordicthink is a long standing personal project to share all the feelings generated by good Scandinavian design.

    You will find good ideas in Nordic furniture, lighting and design complements both in our Barcelona shop and our online shop. Also, any object that, while not strictly of Nordic provenance, satisfies criteria we consider fundamental.

    Our main aim is to offer good design selected following criteria of functionality, simplicity and (almost) indisputable beauty.

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    A long crafts tradition and the use of high quality raw materials lie at the roots of the best Scandinavian design. A new generation of designers and manufacturers have managed to gather together the best features of their design culture and redefine their proposals with new materials, techniques, ideas and forms adapted to our current lifestyle.

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    The legacy of the great masters of yesterday and the new talent of today’s designers merge in a selection in constant evolution. Of course, as in any other place, there is in Scandinavia good and bad design. This is why we only present products based on solid criteria of functionality, simplicity and beauty. This is, for us, good, honest design.

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    It’s Chili in Denmark

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  • 13th May 2015
  • Chili Klaus holding a chili

    We all know about the dark winters in Denmark, with the bitter frost that bites right through you and the snow that you have to dig out day in day out to get anywhere. But most Nordophiles would quite like to experience a winter there, the ambiance, the eery quiet. The summers on the other […]




    We all know about the dark winters in Denmark, with the bitter frost that bites right through you and the snow that you have to dig out day in day out to get anywhere. But most Nordophiles would quite like to experience a winter there, the ambiance, the eery quiet.

    The summers on the other hand in Denmark seem to be mild and bright, giving endless days to dip in the sea, walk among the sand dunes or sit in a hot tub outside a summerhouse. So some Nordophiles would prefer this time of year!

    What happens if you combine the two? Who knew chili and hot went together as one so well…… I’m of course talking about Chili peppers in Denmark and that can only mean one person.

    Chili Klaus holding a chili

    Chili Klaus/Klaus Pilgaard

    Chili Klaus has really made the chili and chili tasting popular in Denmark. Together with Bubber, Preben Kristensen, Hella Joof and many others, he has eaten his way through some of the world’s strongest chilies on television. Chili Klaus’s videos have been seen by millions of people, and in 2014 he got the Zulu Award for the most entertaining video of the year.

    In 2014, he was also awarded the Food&media Award for being the best food communicator in Denmark, on social medias!

    Chili Klaus (Claus Pilgaard ) is also a skilled pianist from The Royal Academy of Music, and has a career as a comedian.

    Klaus encourages you to try a variety of chilies. For those who just want to feel the faint heat to those who want a hot experience!

    If you make it over to Denmark look out for another of Chili Klaus chili tasting events, which last year in Copenhagen saw 1000 people simultaneously take the leap of faith and dive into something chili in Denmark.

     

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    Nordic in the Netherlands – Nordic Vibes

  • Sarah Surgey
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  • 10th May 2015
  • Janine from Nordic Vibes sitting in front of a cafe

    This blog is for you if you are a Nordophile searching for Nordic artists who showcase their art and other wares through design, food or maybe music and you find yourself intrigued by the most likened to being a Nordic country, The Netherlands. Nordic Vibes brings to you in Dutch and English some amazing artists who […]




    This blog is for you if you are a Nordophile searching for Nordic artists who showcase their art and other wares through design, food or maybe music and you find yourself intrigued by the most likened to being a Nordic country, The Netherlands.

    Nordic Vibes brings to you in Dutch and English some amazing artists who have one thing in common, they are Nordic.

    Janine Sterenborg has spent much of her time travelling to the Nordic regions to bring Nordophiles a glimpse into the countries that they love.

    If it’s Nordic and relevant to the Netherlands and beyond, then you will find it here. But with more of her site being translated into English there will be no Nordophile stone unturned!

    I spoke with Janine and asked her, to sum up, Nordic Vibes for us and here is her beautifully poetic answer describing her passion, which most certainly makes her a Nordophile.

    Janine from Nordic Vibes sitting in front of a cafe

    Nordic Vibes showcases Scandinavian arts and its culture. All Nordic arts share a similar vibe: the silence combined with the rough scene. The energy of cities like Stockholm, and the cuteness against the rawness of the sumptuous Iceland.

    The space, nature and silence of the Nordics capture the imagination of many. Eyes twinkle when thinking about the northern part of Europe, yet there was no place to find a compilation of the arts all of us love so much. It is time to gather, exchange experiences and discover new talents.

    Nordic Vibes has a strong focus on travel, music and more and more on Nordic Cuisine, with extra regard to artists, events and locations in The Netherlands.

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